Mattias De Backer is a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven and the Université de Liège. He holds a Master’s in Philosophy (UGent), a Master’s in Urban Studies (VUB), and a PhD in Criminology (VUB).
He has worked in the fields of social and cultural geography and criminology, on topics such as public space, urban youth, social control and territory, migration, gender and diversity, participatory and creative research methodologies and post-structuralist philosophy.
With Lucas Melgaço, Mattias is editor-in-chief of the open-access journal Criminological Encounters. He has published the edited collection Order and Conflict in Public Space with Routledge (2016) and the book Radicalisering: donkere spiegel van een kwetsbare samenleving with Academia Press (2020).